Man suspected of killing woman, unborn baby found dead in jail

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-10 22:58:25-05

Manuel Vela was found dead in his jail cell at the Lerdo Max-Med Facility Saturday afternoon, according to the Coroner's office.

The cause and manner of death has been unconfirmed by officials.

28-year-old Manuel Vela was accused of killing his girlfriend and unborn child in December 2016.

He confessed to murdering his girlfriend and unborn child after leading police on a pursuit. His girlfriend, Katrina Rivera, had gone missing days before.

Vela had been charged with two counts of first degree murder, recklessly evading a peace officer, and resisting an executive officer.

Vela was supposed to appear in court January 20 for a competency hearing.

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